We are thrilled to announce that unmappable , co-directed by 3rd year DFP students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, is a SXSW official selection. The film will screen in the documentary shorts competition of the top-tier film festival in March. The film will also screen at the Atlanta Film Festival in March and the Florida Film Festival in April. We could not be prouder of Diane and Jasmine!
It was a success all the way around for the DFP students attending the New Orleans Film Festival. The umappable team’s festival premiere weekend got off to a great start with a profile in Wired magazine that featured a Q and A with filmmakers Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma. It ended on an even higher note with the team taking home the Programmer’s Artistic Vision Award. Congratulations to Diane and Jasmine on an amazing film launch!
2nd year student Bryan Campbell also came home a winner. Bryan’s pitch of Looking for Trouble, a film he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny, took top honors in the Pitch Perfect competition. The contest included students from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Loyola, the University of New Orleans and Dillard University. Bryan’s win earned $1000 in prize money that will go towards the completion of the film. This marks the third time a DFP student has participated in the competition and the third 1st place win.
The New Orleans Film Festival, recently featured in Forbes magazine as one of the fastest growing fests in the U.S., is marking its 25th anniversary this week and several DFP students will be part of the celebration.
The Documentary Shorts category will feature two DFP student films: unmappable, co-directed by 3rd year students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma , and Unconditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo (MA 2013), Hanna Teachey (MFA 2014), and Kelly McKenna (MFA2014).
Bryan Campbell and Monica Berra will represent the DFP in the festival’s Pitch Perfect competition. Bryan will pitch Looking for Trouble, a film on disaster relief worker Fred Cuny that he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny. Monica will pitch a film that examines Florida’s threatened citrus industry.
Have a great fest guys!
Animating the Void: Erasing Michelle from “Full House”, a short film directed by Andrew Austin (MFA ‘14), will premiere this evening at the DC Shorts Film Festival. Austin completed the film as part of his MFA Creative Project while at the DFP. The film chronicles his quest to digitally remove the character of Michelle Tanner from the sitcom, Full House–a video project that invited some unexpected attention. The film will also be screening at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival on October 9.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, will make its international debut at the JOZI Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. The third annual film festival will take place on February 21-23.
Participating in pitch competitions against your peers is a great way to test your pitching skills and get feedback on your ideas. DFP student Diane Hodson will get the opportunity do just that in the Pitch Perfect competition at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival on October 12th. Pitch Perfect provides film students from a number of universities the opportunity to practice the art of pitching to a panel of film industry professionals. Diane will pitch her thesis film, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, brings home a win in its film festival debut. The film took 2nd place honors in the Documentary Short Division of the Knoxville Film Festival.
The film will continue its festival run at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 3 and 4.
Kids of Conquest, a short film co-directed by Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson, will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 2nd. The film follows three sixth grade students from Winston-Salem, NC as they create historical documentaries dramatically bringing to life famous conquerors and invaders.